Farewell to "Benedictine's Rock": Father Adrian has a memorial Mass

Farewell to "Benedictine's Rock": Father Adrian has a memorial Mass
By: Joseph Colizzi ‘23

On Friday, August 27, at Benedictine College Prep, Benedictine hosted a Mass for Father Adrian Harmening, O.S.B. Father served as principle and disciplinarian as well as; a chemistry, Latin and religion teacher for Benedictine for a total of 25 years. He passed away the morning of May 18, 2020, at the age of 92. Due to COVID-19, there was no proper ceremony for his passing until recently.


Benedictine held a Military High Mass for Fr. Adrian. The participants of the ceremony consisted of the Benedictine community, with participation from Trinity Lutheran Church. Senior officers formed a sabre arch for the processional and the recessional, there was a sabre salute for the Consecration, there was a Cadet Color Guard and the altar servers were Cadets and siblings of Cadets.

Mr. Doran, Latin and theology teacher, had significant involvement with preparing the ceremony. "It is a very old Benedictine tradition," said Doran. "I just happened to know how to do it. It was a very nice ceremony, but it would've been nice to see the military high Mass in the traditional Latin Mass. Father Adrian's first Mass was a traditional Latin Mass and so was his last."

Obviously, the unique part of the Mass was the senior officers leading a military ceremony for the service. Doran's main focus was to teach the seniors how to perform their duties. "I have been instructing seniors on how to perform this ceremony since 2012," said Doran. "The timing [for practice] was horrible. Ethan Altovilla did a fantastic job calling commands and leading the others."

Years ago, if you went to Benedictine, you knew Fr. Adrian. Due to his many roles at the school, a lot of people got to know Father over the years. Mr. Doran, being a Benedictine graduate, got to know him quite well. "[Adrian] is the man who taught my father chemistry and Latin and I have known him my whole life," said Doran. "He hired me in December 1999 at the Sacristy of St. Joseph but I didn't actually fill out an application until 2010. Father Adrian was a giant in BCPs history and we were fortunate to have figures like him and [Mr. John] Fogarty in our lives."

Farewell to "Benedictine's Rock": Father Adrian has a memorial Mass
Farewell to "Benedictine's Rock": Father Adrian has a memorial Mass

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